The other day I had a conservative blogger post a comment in which he distinguished between 'slowing the rate of growth' in government programs and a 'budget cut.'
So, now that we are learning more about the President's proposed budget, here are some indisputable cuts:
Targetted for elimination:
" The Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which provides food packages for some 400,000 low-income seniors.
" A preventive care block grant, which helps states provide preventive healthcare for "underserved populations."
" The TRIO Talent Search program, which helps colleges and universities assist disadvantaged teenagers so they can finish high school and go to college.
Facing serious cuts:
" Section 202 housing for low-income elderly, which would be cut 26 percent below the 2006 level.
" Section 811 housing for low-income people with disabilities, which would face a 50 percent cut.
" A 79 percent cut for Community Oriented Policing Services, which aims to put more police on the streets.
" Child Care and Development Block Grant, which would face more than $1 billion in cuts over five years. CBPP reports that by 2011 the number of children receiving child-care assistance would drop by more than 400,000, compared with the 2005 figure.
You may disagree with these programs, but clearly there are people who are on them now, who won't be in the future. They are the ones the cuts will hurt.
Now, they are claiming that it is to reduce the monstrous Federal budget deficit. It is true that we have a serious problem with the federal deficit (something that Republicans, after passing trillions in tax cuts and additional spending while arguing that the deficit was no big deal, have just recently 'discovered.') However, these cuts are not going, contrary to the spin from the right, to reduce it. That argument could be made, except that $70 billion of additional tax cuts are being pushed at the same time. So in effect, they are cutting housing for poor people so they can pay for more tax cuts for billionaires.
Support it if you want to, but don't try to tell me that these are not cuts.